Men's Basketball Falls Short in 76-73 Loss to Mount St. Mary's

Men's Basketball Falls Short in 76-73 Loss to Mount St. Mary's

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Sacred Heart University men's basketball team was unable to complete a second-half comeback, as the Pioneers fell to Mount St. Mary's 76-73 at home Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The loss drops the Pioneers' record to 11-14 overall and 7-5 in league play, while the Mountaineers improve to 6-19 on the year and and 3-9 in NEC action.

Sean Hoehn led the way for the Pioneers with 24 points, while Koreem Ozier added 18 points in the loss. Kinnon LaRose scored 15 points off the bench in a losing effort.

SCORE  

Mount St. Mary's 76 / SHU 73

RECORDS

SHU (11-14) (7-5 NEC) | Mount St. Mary's (6-19) (3-9 NEC)

LOCATION

Coach Bike Court at the Pitt Center / Fairfield, Conn.

PIONEERS STATISTICAL LEADERS

  • Points: Hoehn 24, Ozier 18, LaRose 15

  • Rebounds: Anosike 5, Hoehn 4

  • Assists: Parker 6

  • Steals: Hoehn 3, LaRose 3, Parker 2

  • Blocks: Spellman 2, LaRose 1

FIRST HALF

  • With the contest tied 8-8 with 16:10 remaining in the half, the Mountaineers went on an 8-3 run to take a 17-11 lead with 13:56 remaining in the first half

  • After SHU cut the deficit to 17-15 with 11:29 remaining, Mount St. Mary's went on a 13-3 run to extend its lead to 30-18 with 6:34 remaining in the half

  • The Pioneers used the remaining 4:54 of half to outscore the Mountaineers 10-5 to cut the deficit to 35-28 going into the half

  • Sean Hoehn and Koreem Ozier combined for 19 of SHU's 28 first-half points

  • The Mountaineers shot 59.1% from the field in the half, compared to 31.8% for the Pioneers

SECOND HALF

  • The Mountaineers opened the half with a 10-3 run to take a 45-31 lead with 17:10 remaining

  • The Pioneers responded with a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to 50-43 with 15:02 left in the contest

  • Mount St. Mary's didn't waver, answering with a 13-3 run to extend its lead to 63-46 with 12:02 remaining

  • Trailing 67-52 with 7:50 remaining, the Pioneers went on an 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 69-66 with 1:33 remaining

  • Vado Morse nailed a mid-range jumper at the top of the key to halt the Pioneer run and to extend the Mount lead to 71-66 with 1:15 remaining

  • After Mount St. Mary's built its lead to 73-66, Kinnon LaRose nailed a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 73-69 with 36 seconds left

  • Sean Hoehn's layup with 15 seconds remaining cut the SHU deficit to 75-73, but SHU couldn't get over the hump and fell 76-73

NOTES

  • The loss snapped the Pioneer's three-game win-streak

  • The loss snapped SHU's six-game home win-streak

  • The Pioneers had three players score in double-figures, with Sean Hoehn's 24 points leading the way

  • Hoehn shot 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from three

  • Hoehn has scored in double-figures in 22 of the 25 games for the Pioneers and has led the team in scoring in 11 of those games

  • Hoehn has scored 20+ points in nine games this season

  • Hoehn's has totaled 1,228 career points, which places him 30th all-time on the program's scoring list

  • Hoehn also tallied three steals in the loss

  • Hoehn has recorded multiple steals in 10 games this season and has tallied three or more steals in eight games this season

  • Koreem Ozier added 18 points in the loss

  • Ozier has scored in double-figures in 11 of the 16 games he has appeared in

  • Kinnon LaRose added 15 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting

  • LaRose tallied a career-high three steals in the loss

UPCOMING GAME

Sacred Heart will be back in action on Thursday, Feb. 14, when the Pioneers travel to take on Bryant at 7 p.m.